Project Profile

Project Title:
Moving Forward Together
Imagineaction Social Action Projects
School Name:
James Cook Memorial
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Western School District
Project Theme:
  • Connect [relationships]
  • Engage [active & participatory citizenship]
  • Thrive [health & wellness]
  • Lead [leadership]
Grade Level:
10, 11, 12
Subject Areas:
Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences and Humanities
Cook's Harbour
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Partners:
James Cook Memorial School: Glenda Pittman
Cook's Harbour Mayor: Barry Decker

Moving Forward Together

As a successful Let Them Be Kids Helping Hands applicant, James Cook Memorial school and community committee partnership will receive a LTBK project award that will substantially, but not completely, cover the costs of building a new playground. As a youth advocate and student I would encourage all 14 youth in the school to volunteer in building and painting picnic tables and benches for the family gathering barbecue area of the playground.

Update (June 26, 2013)

For years now, the children of James Cook Memorial in Cook's Harbour have dreamed of a playground filled with fun! We are located 53 kms from the nearest playground or any recreational facility. Our school doesn't have a standard size gym.The children and youth of our three communities face numerous barriers that limit their access to and participation in recreation, sport, and physical activity.

THE BIG NEWS…On January 18th,2013 Cook’s Harbour, Boat Harbour and Wild Bight were granted a National Let Them Be Kids Helping Hands Award!!! They were giving us one dollar for every dollar raised by our students and people of the three communities serving into our school to purchase playground equipment only. Buying things such as wood, paint, nails for picnic tables is not part of the award. The students wanted to help! The Imagineaction grant was a fantastic help as the students wanted to build the picnic tables for our playground and this grant enabled our students to have a big part in the action of completing our playground!

Update (June 27, 2013)

On June 22, 2013,... 250 registered volunteers from Cook's Harbour, Boat Harbour, Wild Bight and surrounding areas came together to build a playground all in one day! Students at James Cook Memorial were a big part of this project as the Imagineaction grant allowed us to build picnic tables and benches for our playground!
Student and Committee desired outcomes for this project were realized!
* We will provide a safe, healthy and accessible play and recreational environment for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy in a positive way.
* We will provide our youth with opportunities that will foster self growth, independence and leadership skills, encouraging them to take an active role in their community and create future community leaders.
* We will restore pride and ownership in our area by bringing together the three communities of Cook’s Harbour, Wild Bight and Boat harbour to achieve a common goal.
* We will increase support and participation by networking with local businesses and organizations which will, in turn, allow for the development of future projects.

Leah Pittman: Student Leader
Thank-you !